Monday, December 7, 2009

January Book Club

We had a wonderful gift exchange at Amber's house on Sunday! Great food and a fun time hanging out and seeing everyone! I always look forward to our get-togethers so much! Keep an eye out for Amber's great lasagna recipe and maybe a "craft day," too!

Our next meeting will be January14th at Janna's house at 6:30. We will be reading Arabian Winds by Linda Chaikin. I have done some on-line searching and I don't think the book is currently in print. I have found some used copies on Amazon ranging from $10 - $30, with an additional $3.99 in shipping. I don't mind going ahead and buying a copy and trying to read it quickly, or just passing it around if I can't get to it soon. I looked for the book on Amazon, eBay, Books-A-Million, and Pathway Press. Let me know if you have any other ideas about where we can find it.

I hope everyone has a great week!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Our Strengths!

We thought it would be neat to share our strengths to see how we work together. Here is what I have so far (as I receive more results, I will edit this post).

Michelle: Harmony, Discipline, Relator, Responsibility, Consistency

Andrea: Adaptability, Strategic, Empathy, Includer, Input

Ruth: Belief, Input, Restorative, Positivity, Developer

Janna: Achiever, Maximizer, Activator, Responsibility, Significance

Tamara: Empathy, Adaptability, Relator, Harmony, Responsibility

Melanie: Responsibility, Consistency, Analytical, Strategic, Discipline

(Picture #1 is from our June 2009 meeting. Picture #2 is from our November 2009 meeting)

Friday, November 6, 2009

Christmas 2009

I can't believe it is almost the holiday season! Just 48 more days! WOW!

This holiday season, our Book Club decided to not read a book for next month, instead we are having a "Progressive Dinner" and a gift exchange for our December meeting. We will celebrate on Thursday, December 10th, 2009. We will start at Amber's house for appetizers, then to my house for the main course, finally, we will end up at Melanie's house for dessert and to exchange gifts. This is a girls-only event. Sorry guys, you get to take care of the kids!

We didn't discuss a start time for our dinner. How is 6? Or 6:30? What are your thoughts?

ALSO, everyone should have received an invitation to today. You should go to the website and register for our group. It will randomly select the "Secret Santa" who you will buy a gift for. There are places to ask anonymous questions an to give ideas to your Secret Santa.

Let me know if I forgot to list something here....and let me know if you did not receive an invitation to Elfster!

Have a great weekend!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Strengths Finder 2.0

We had a great time on Saturday! Hot chili, a movie, and talking about the book. Lots of fun! We missed those of you who couldn't make it!

Our next meeting will be on Thursday, November 5th at 5:30. We will meet for dinner at a little sandwich place called Fresh To Order on Gunbarrel Road. Looks like the serve sandwiches, salads, wine, and coffee, too. After we eat dinner, we will cross the street and have dessert at Gigi's Cupcakes. They are a new business that just opened at the beginning of September. Sounds like some sweet deliciousness!

The book we will be reading is Strength Finders 2.0 by Tim Rath. I ordered it from for $13.77. has it for $13.30 (club price) or $14.78 at regular price. I think that it will be interesting to discuss and discover our different strengths and how they play into our roles at work, in friendships, and in book club!

And, I did a little research to see if you have to buy the book to get the access code. You can buy only the access code at this website: but it is $17.95. So it looks like a better deal to go ahead and buy the book. If someone finds another site with a cheaper price, let us know!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

The Black Dahlia

Our next book club meeting will be on Saturday, October 3rd at 6:00 at Melanie Lyon's house. We are reading James Ellroy's The Black Dahlia.

I started it two days ago and am half way finished. It is different from our previous books but a good change. I can't wait to hear what everyone else thinks about it!

I ordered my copy from Amazon and it was around $8. Since the book was originally published in the late '80s, I am sure McKay's is bound to have a copy or two for sale.

The movie, The Black Dahlia, was released in 2006 and stars Josh Hartnett, Hilary Swank, Aaron Eckhart, and Scarlett Johansson. We will meet at Melanie's house to discuss the book and watch the movie.

I look forward to seeing everyone next month!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Pology Cookies

I am posting this little blog here because of the relavence to our Book Club's July book, Shelter Me. I will probably also tell this story on my blog, The Life and Times of the Humps.

Last Friday, I had an ultrasound scheduled so we could find out the gender of our baby. Ellis and I were super excited. As a matter of fact, Ellis's sister planned her vacation around this ultrasound and Ellis's birthday rafting trip down the Hiwassee. She had been visiting from Northern Ohio for two weeks. It was getting a little long (and she was missing her hubby) so she had contemplated going home earlier in the week. But knowing that we had this ultrasound coming up, she decided to stay.

In addition, Ellis took the entire day off, as did I, for this special day. Since Ellis is working 5 10 hour days, he was losing 10 hours of over time to see our little one. When I made the appointment, I did not know that this day was a big in-service day for the school system, so it was a big deal that I was missing it, too.

We arrived at the doctor's office promptly at 9:20, our appt time. Cassie, Ellis's sister, had her car packed so she could leave after we found out about the baby. Since the flyer from the doctor's office said that we could only have 2 guests, I had a close friend meet us at the office to sit in the waiting room with our nephew, Matthew. So, I had a big entourage. Me, Ellis, Cassie, Mattie, and Andrea.

When I checked in, I was told that the ultrasound machine was down. The office decided on Thursday to not call me and tell me this because I had an appointment to see a doctor anyway.

Wow. I was pretty floored. If I had known on Thursday evening, I would have probably sent Ellis on to work, helped Cassie get an early start on the road to OH, and let Andrea sleep in. At that point, I became the "squeaky wheel." I talked to two of the ladies in the business office about any other possibilities for this ultrasound taking place today. At first, there seemed to be another option, but it quickly dissolved. Then, when we went to see the doctor, I explained that we had a lot of schedules that were changed and altered for these people to be there with me that day.

Ok, the truth is... I was pushy. But in a nice, Southern way.

Finally, another doctor's office gave our technician permission to use their machine. We quickly drove over to this other office and quietly snuck in to their ultrasound room. All of the drama was worth it when we found out that we were having a little girl!

I was so thankful that the doctor's office worked with us that I vowed to make them some cookies for my next visit.

We did get to see little Hattie Humphres on Friday, but the machine that we viewed her on was not as superior as the machine at my doctor's office. So, I was called on Monday morning to set up a follow-up ultrasound. The purpose of this big ultrasound was to measure the baby and determine how the baby was doing, growing, and to have an opportunity to video our remarkable little girl. So, my follow-up was scheduled for Wednesday.

On Tuesday, after work, I stopped at the grocery and picked up some fresh ingredients for cookies for the ultrasound technician and the ladies in the office. As I was baking, I thought, "Are these Pology Cookies?" I was thankful for all that the people in the office did for me. So I wanted to let them know that it was important to me. I don't think I was mean. I was just firm. But in some way, I think these were some Pology Cookies for rocking the boat (not my normal MO).

When I gave them to my ultrasound technician, she was very pleased. As a matter of fact, she said, "That just makes my day!"

And that was worth it. I like Pology Cookies. There is something special about baking them and thinking about who you are making them for. Sending positive thoughts through food. I like it!

Monday, August 3, 2009

Time Traveler's Wife and Good Dog Fun!

Hey ladies! We had a great book club meeting on Saturday at Good Dog in Chattanooga. Husbands, kids, sister, and nephew all seemed to have a great time! Food was great and the book discussion was a lot of fun! For those of you who couldn't make it, do you agree with who was cast as characters of the movie version of Shelter Me?

Janie - Winona Ryder

Father Jake - Topher Grace

Aunt Jude - Maggie Smith

Cormac - John Favreau

Tug - we never really chose anyone, did we? I would like to submit two guys, from the HBO series Rome... (although both of these pictures are a little too dashing.... we need a tool belt in there somewhere :) )

Ray Stevenson
James Purefoy

What do you think?

On to next month, we made an exciting choice! Our next meeting will be on Saturday, August 29th. That is a little less than 4 weeks from now, so you gotta get moving and reading on this! Our book is The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger.

It is on Amazon for $8.22. Ellis and I looked for it at Barnes & Noble on Saturday and it was $14 there. $9.31 online at, $8.21 if you are a club member. It was published in 2004, so you might be able to find it at McKay's.

Our meeting will be on Saturday, August 29th for a Matinee of Time Traveler's Wife. We will shoot for the later matinee, maybe around 4 or so. I will let you know what time the showings actually are the week before. Also, is Premiere ok? Or would you rather go to the Rave? Also, we would like to go somewhere afterwards for coffee, snacks, or dinner to discuss the movie and the book and decide which one we like better!

I hope that works out for everyone!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Shelter Me on Saturday

I am hoping we won't be trying to find shelter from the rain on Saturday! The news today said 30% chance, so hopefully we will miss it!

Also, we are pushing the meeting time back to 4:30. I hope to see you all then!

Monday, June 29, 2009

Date Change

After several e-mails and looking over the calendar, it appears that we need to change the date of our next Book Club Meeting. From the responses I had via e-mail, August 1st looks like the best date for us to all meet. If that doesn't work with your schedule, let me know!

We will still plan on Hot Dogs and Coolidge Park fun!

Also, I found the book (Shelter Me) at Books-a-Million in Cleveland yesterday. It was $14.99 and there were two more copies in stock. It wasn't there when I checked earlier this month.

I hope everyone has a great week! And a wonderful 4th of July!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Our Awesome Book Club!

Once again, we had a great meeting last night! Lots of fun and girl time! I always enjoy seeing everyone and spending time together! So much fun! Everyone who read the book seemed to enjoy it. We had some good discussion about the characters and story line. Personally, I would recommend Love Walked In to anyone interested in reading it.

Our next meeting will be on Saturday, July 11 at noon at Good Dog on the North Shore in Chattanooga. Check them out at . And save room for one of their yummy cupcakes for dessert! Husbands, dads, children, and puppies are welcome! They can go play frisbee and get wet in the Coolidge Fountain while we talk about our book. I think this will be fun!

The book for July is Shelter Me by Juliette Fay. It is $11.69 on $11.99 on The book came out in the fall of 2008 so I am not sure if it would be at McKays yet or not. Amazon readers have given the book 5 stars, based on 64 votes. Sounds like it is going to be a good one!

We missed Andrea at our meeting last night. Hopefully her schedule will work out so we can all be at the July meeting! And get a group photo with EVERYONE there!

Have a great month and I look forward to seeing you all next time!

Friday, June 5, 2009

Just a reminder!

We are meeting for Book Club on Monday, June 8th at 7:00 at my house. I am looking forward to seeing everyone! We will enjoy some food, discuss Love Walked In, and vote on a new book. Amber is going to bring some suggestions for us!

Enjoy your weekend and I will see you on Monday!


Thursday, May 14, 2009

Love Walked In

We had a great meeting at Oliver's this month! Welcome Amber! And it was good to see Andrea, too! Melanie was brave to come out just four days after her knee surgery! What a good turn out we had!

After some great chitchatting, appitizers, and desserts, we finally settled on a book. Michelle chose Love Walked In by Marisa De Los Santos. Once again, I just love the cover of this book! We saw it for sale at Target for a little over $12. But, I just now went to Amazon and saw it for $4.99! If anyone wants to order it, I am signed up for Prime and get free shipping on this item! So just $5! Not too shabby! Let me know if you want me to order it for you!

Our next meeting is scheduled for June 8th at 7:00 at my house. I'll have a light dinner for us, if you want to bring a bottle of wine to go with it, you can! I don't want to give full directions on the website, but it is off of Mouse Creek Road, close to Paul Huff Parkway.

I look forward to seeing everyone then! I always have so much fun with you girls!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

April Meeting

Our April Book Club meeting will be at Oliver's on Tuesday, April 21st. We will be discussing Adam by Ted Dekker. I am looking forward to hanging out with everyone and hearing your thoughts on the book. I have not read it yet, so I guess I better put the Sookie books down and get started!!

I saw the book on Amazon for $11. Paperback at Books-A-Million is $10.86.

Have a great week and I will see you on Tuesday!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

March 21st Meeting

Our next book selection is Twilight by Stephanie Meyer. We decided to stay with the vampire theme and coordinate the reading of this book with the release of the Twilight Movie. We will meet at Melanie Lyon's house on the release day to watch the movie, all of the extras, and plot and plan for how we think the director will depict the next Stephanie Meyer novel.

Our meeting at Janna's house last month was great! Janna had a wonderful homemade soup for us and delicious strawberry short cake. We had a good discussion about Dead until Dark. Several people actually read the entire series during the month. There were lots of good things said about the book! As a whole, we all enjoyed it.

Here is some info about our next meeting:

Monday, February 23, 2009


Just a reminder that we are meeting tomorrow night to discuss Dead Until Dawn! I am looking forward to everyone's thoughts!

We will meet at Janna's house at 6:00. Can't wait to see you gals!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

February Meeting!

We had a lively Book Club meeting last night at Kristin's house. She cooked a wonderful dinner that was delectable! I had a really nice time! I don't think there is a better way to spend a Tuesday night.

Our February meeting will be on Tuesday, February 24th at 6:00 at Janna's house. We will be reading Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris. This is the book that the HBO vampire series True Blood is based. I found it on for $7.99. Amazon also sells the Sookie Stackhouse Box Set of 7 books in the series for $31.88.

Also, Melanie mentioned that she wants to have a Twlight DVD Release Party. So put Saturday, March 21st on your calendar. More vampire fun!

One more exciting announcement, Stacey told me that Janet Peery, author of The River Beyond the World and What the Thunder Said will be reading from her writing on January 22nd at 8 PM at the Dixon Center on the Lee campus. Let me know if anyone is interested in attending.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Next week

Hey everyone! I'm really excited about everyone coming over next Tuesday. I was planning on doing lobster ravioli with shrimp, salad, and dessert. Does anyone NOT eat seafood? If so, I can totally make something else! Hope everyone has enjoyed the book! See you next Tuesday.